Astros, Red Sox announce starters for first 2 ALCS games

FRONT-ROW SEAT Brock Holt who hit for the cycle in Game 3 watches from the dugout with Chris Sale during the Red Sox’ series-clinching win last night at Yankee Stadium. Sale pitched the eighth inning

While Luis Severino's pregame warmup was a major talking point that arose from Game 3 of the American League Division Series, there may have been a bigger problem for the New York Yankees hurler.

Most of Sully's concern centers around David Price, who will get the start for Boston in Game 2 despite his poor outing against the Yankees in the Divisional Series. I don't know, I think we talk about, like in basketball, LeBron James. The latest was a five-out cameo in Game 2 against the Yankees in which he gave up homers to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

NY was eliminated from the ALDS by the Red Sox on Tuesday.

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Price pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief without an earned run in last year's ALDS against the Astros.

Verlander had a 5.57 ERA through his first eight playoff starts, but he won three of them; Martinez struggled in the 2003 and early in the 2004 post-season but had already posted a win in his playoff debut in 1998 and threw 18 shutout innings over three appearances in 1999. For our ALCS roundtable, the SI MLB staff contemplated when-or if-they would have started Price against the Astros. Well, he led Boston to the most regular-season wins in franchise history and now has the ballclub four wins away from the World Series.

"As a person, and most of the people know here, I'm the manager from when I get here until I get in that vehicle and have to go home because there are more important things in my life than being a big league manager". But I think there was a strong case for keeping him in the "pen. That's what I look forward to doing".

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